2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2019 BMW X6

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln Nautilus are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X6 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Nautilus has standard Post Impact Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The X6 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To help make backing safer, the Nautilus’ cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X6 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Nautilus and the X6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Nautilus 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X6. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X6 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Nautilus’ warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The X6 isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 33 more horsepower (335 vs. 302) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 295) than the X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Nautilus AWD V6 gets better fuel mileage than the X6 s/xDrive35i xDrive (19 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln Nautilus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X6 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Nautilus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X6 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lincoln Nautilus higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW X6 (3). This means the Nautilus produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X6 every 15,000 miles.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Nautilus’ turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the X6’s (39.3 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

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The Lincoln Nautilus may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the BMW X6.

The Nautilus is 3.8 inches shorter than the X6, making the Nautilus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Nautilus uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X6 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Nautilus has 6.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X6 (108.3 vs. 101.4).

The Nautilus has 2.5 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the X6.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Nautilus’ rear seats recline. The X6’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X6 with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 26.6 cubic feet). The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X6 with its rear seat folded (68.8 vs. 59.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Nautilus’ rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X6 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 18% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The Nautilus has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Nautilus’ exterior PIN entry system. The X6 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its BMW Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Nautilus has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Nautilus offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Nautilus owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Nautilus will cost $4790 to $7350 less than the X6 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lincoln Nautilus will be $22237 to $23228 less than for the BMW X6.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Nautilus, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Lincoln MKX/Nautilus outsold the BMW X6 by almost seven to one during the 2019 model year.

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